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Appendix V: "Secure Your Load" Educational
Materials for Non-Commercial Vehicles
Source: Washington State Department of Licensing.
GAO-13-24 Unsecured Loads
Figure 7: Washington State Department of Licensing
Secure Your Load
You must secure any load you transport in your vehicle or
trailer before driving on public roadways in Washington
State. Secure both the load and any items used to cover
or secure it so they won't become loose and hazardous to
other road users. By taking the time to make sure your
load is properly secure, you can prevent harm to others
and save yourself a costly fine.
To secure the load in your vehicle or trailer:
* tie it down with rope, netting, or straps.
* tie large objects directly to your vehicle or trailer.
* consider covering the entire load with a sturdy tarp or
* don't overload your vehicle or trailer.
* always double-check to make sure it's secure.
Local laws may be more restrictive, so be sure you know
the rules for your area.
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads, report, November 15, 2012; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300082/m1/36/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.